Member Spotlight by John Pace, Brightway Center
Provide us with a brief summary of your business’ services.
Brightway Center is an established 22-year-old non-profit organization that provides workforce development, character building, diversity and leadership development programs for several thousand youth each year. Program delivery is flexible and the educational courses can be provided on-site at any appropriate location, or at Brightway Center’s 177-acre facility. Courses are available online as well. Brightway Center is led by CEO, Daryle Griffin, older brother of two-time Heisman Award recipient, Archie Griffin.
Tell us about your company’s mission and values.
Brightway Center’s mission is to build a place where our youth can come together to learn, to think, to question, to develop moral values, to have the strength and courage to take a stand based on Christian ideals, teamwork and leadership.
What does it take to be a successful employee at your company?
Brightway Center serves several thousand youth each year thanks to its committed team of volunteers. Brightway Center volunteers are active and retired professionals, business leaders and athletes who believe in our tenets of education, community development and diversity. Our committed volunteers plan and manage the James “Buster” Douglas 30th Anniversary celebration fundraiser.
What makes Columbus such a great place to do business?
Earlier this year our great city attracted national attention when a documentary entitled 42 to 1 aired on ESPN chronicling how James “Buster” Douglas, from Columbus, overcame 42 to 1 odds to become the undisputed World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Critics are heralding the documentary for its inspiring narrative that transcends sports and offers an instructive message for everyone struggling to overcome adversity in their own lives. And the documentary helps to build Columbus’s image as a city that cultivates success.
The documentary inspired the James “Buster” Douglas World Championship 30th Anniversary to celebrate this incredible victor which is the greatest upset in boxing history and to celebrate everyone who achieves; against all odds. The anniversary celebration will raise funds to provide workforce development, character building, diversity and leadership programs for 800 youth in Franklin County for an entire year.